It’s possible that by the time we officially say goodbye to 2016, the box office will have passed 2015’s record-setting North American $11.14 billion. One of the 2016 end-of-the-year releases that’s helping to push the box office into record breaking territory is Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars prequel/sequel, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Currently sitting at 85% fresh on RottenTomatoes, Rogue One retained its hold on the top spot at the box office over the four-day Christmas holiday weekend, pulling in $96 million and easily holding off newcomers Sing, Passengers, Why Him?, and Assassin’s Creed.
The animated singing animals comedy Sing came in second and earned an A from moviegoers, according to CinemaScore. The film marks the second hit of 2016 for Illumination Entertainment following the studio’s success with The Secret Life of Pets. Earning third place over its first weekend in release, Sony’s Passengers had to overcome negative reviews to finish up the extended holiday weekend on the low end of pre-release expectations.
Christmas Box Office Top 10: December 23-26, 2016
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $96,085,000
- Sing – $56,080,000 ($76.6 million since opening 12/21)
- Passengers – $23,100,000 ($30 million since opening 12/21)
- Why Him? – $16,715,000
- Assassin’s Creed – $15,000,000 ($22.4 million since opening 12/21)
- Fences – $11,366,000
- Moana – $10,447,000
- La La Land – $9,700,000
- Office Christmas Party – $7,250,000
- Collateral Beauty – $7,060,000